Utah Spring Activities + Travel Tips

Here’s a list of fun Utah spring activities: things to do, see and photograph!

Use this list of places to visit in Utah to plan an amazing itinerary full of fun spring activities! We also share tips for things to pack, where to stay and more!

Spring activities to do in Utah

There are Utah vacation spots around the state to enjoy outdoor activities in the spring!

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A Photo Tour of Utah National Parks

Take a visual tour through all five Utah National Parks to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!

Northern and Southern Utah in the Spring

Northern Utah: Salt Lake City, Park City, and Provo are the three main cities in this part of the state. You’ll find main streets with shopping, restaurants, nightlife, festivals, historic buildings and performing arts. 

Central and Southern Utah: All 5 Utah National Parks are located in this part of the state.

Check to see where the Utah vacation spots are located around the state because a drive from Salt Lake City to any of the National Parks in the south can take 4 to 5 hours. Keep in mind that the drive from Northern to Southern Utah means passing through rural areas with small towns with limited services.

Utah Spring Weather

The spring weather and temperatures will vary between Northern and Southern Utah. The higher elevations will have more snow and the temperatures will be cooler than the lower elevations by 10 to 20 degrees.

We’ve written detailed guides for the weather and temperatures you can expect each month during the spring in Utah:

Utah Spring Activities

There are so many ways to enjoy spring break in Utah! Keep in mind that spring is a busy time of year with visitors taking advantage of time off for spring break.

If you can… avoid the holidays around Easter, spring break, and Memorial Day when the National Parks and surrounding areas are especially busy!

Thors Hammer Bryce Canyon sunrise spot
Thor’s Hammer at Bryce Canyon

Spring Activities at Utah National Parks

Visiting Utah National Parks in the spring is one of the best times to go because the weather is “just right”.

There are 5 National Parks in Utah to enjoy beautiful views and outdoor spring activities like hiking, biking, scenic drives, off-roading, and photography.

Check out our Utah National Park road trip itinerary to plan the most amazing spring break trip!

Dead Horse Point
Dead Horse Point State Park

Spring Activities at Utah State Parks

In any other state, many of the Utah State Parks would be considered National Parks. There are a total of 43 State Parks where you can explore the history and beauty of the area.

Check out this List of Utah State Parks that are near the National Parks in Utah that are perfect for a side-trip stop!

Outdoor spring activities include: hiking, biking, scenic drives, off-roading, and photography.

Here are a few of our favorite State Parks in Utah to visit in the spring:

dog sled team
Dog sled tour

Utah Winter Activities in the Spring

In the spring, you’ll find winter activities you can still enjoy in the higher elevation mountains around Utah:

Needles Canyonlands hiking trail with ladder
Needles Canyonlands hiking trail with ladder

Spring Hiking in Utah

Spring is a beautiful time of year for hiking in Utah National Parks!

In the higher elevations you can still enjoy snowshoeing in northern Utah. In southern Utah in early spring you may need traction devices on trails that are icy.

There are plenty of trails that offer a variety of different terrains all around the state at National parks, State parks, National forests, and Wilderness areas.

Check out these fun Utah hiking ideas:

Fruita Barn at Capitol Reef
Fruita Barn at Capitol Reef

Spring Scenic Drives in Utah

In early spring Utah scenic drives in the lower elevations around the state are open to explore. By late spring, all scenic drives should be open!

We highly recommend getting the Utah Mighty 5 GyPSy Guide Audio Tour: use the suggested itineraries in the app tour plan, or divide the commentary to create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. 

Balanced Rock at Arches National park
Balanced Rock at Arches National park

Spring Photography in Utah

Sunrise and sunset photography is a must when visiting Utah. In the spring, those times aren’t too early or too late. We enjoy these photo spots for sunrise and sunset around Utah:

Check out all these amazing photography spots in Utah:

We highly recommend rechargeable hand warmers and photographer gloves for those cold early morning sunrise outings in the spring!

Balanced Rock with the milky way at Arches
Balanced Rock with the milky way

Spring Stargazing in Utah

You won’t find a better location than Utah for stargazing! Did you know that Utah has the highest concentration of certified International Dark Sky Parks in the world!?

We definitely recommend you take time to view the night skies during your vacation. And better yet, photograph the milky way at these Utah locations!

Northern Utah Stargazing Locations:

Southern Utah Stargazing Locations:

In the spring, the Milky Way is visible at these times:

  • March – 3:00 am to 5:45 am
  • April – 1:00 am to 4:45 am
  • May 11:00 pm to 4:00 am
tent camping in Moab in the winter
Tent camping in Moab

Spring Camping in Utah

If you’re interested in camping in Utah in the spring, we recommend the Utah National Parks or State Parks in the central and southern part of the state:

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